Jazz, one of Pakistan’s top 4G operators and a large Internet services provider, has chosen Juniper Networks to build a “revolutionary, expanded, and upgraded” data center network that will support Jazz’s services delivery platform for its 74.9 million subscribers. By utilizing continuous automation, assurance, and data-driven insights, Jazz aims to reinvent its architectural approach to deliver a greater network user experience at scale while streamlining its operations.
Jazz chose Juniper’s technology and experience to support this latest initiative after conducting a thorough vendor-neutral technology appraisal that concentrated on the operational and financial benefits made achievable by network automation. Juniper’s advanced automation capabilities, transforming the entire network management lifecycle process within a single system, were a standout in the market.
“In common with all service providers globally, Jazz faces relentless data demand and heightened expectations for seamless digital services. As a result, we wanted to completely rethink our data center operations, using ground-breaking automation to create the best possible user experiences for our enterprise customers and subscribers,” said Abdul Rehman Usmani, Vice President of Technology at Jazz. “Operational simplicity was another important goal, to deliver cost reductions and improved ease of use for our technical teams in the face of massive demand at scale. We evaluated multiple vendors, but Juniper’s ability to deliver the exact networking outcomes we needed meant that a highly strategic decision was very straightforward to make.”
Mobile Banking, Cloud-Based Enterprise Data Services
A wide range of customer-facing services that require reliability and quick data throughput to enable a continually superior user experience will be supported by the new network. These include mobile banking, music and video download/streaming services, cloud-based enterprise data services, and professional services like an agricultural application used by four million farmers in rural areas for information, counsel, and direction. Jazz will also use the network to power key internal workloads such as CRM and billing.
The Juniper Apstra System will be used by Jazz to deliver authentic intent-based networking (IBN) capabilities. This enables Jazz to automate the full data center lifecycle, from Day 0 (design) to Day 1 (configuration and deployment) to Day 2+ (ongoing operations), and to design and operate its data center network depending on outcomes.
The network’s initial design is tied to daily operations, enabling a single source of truth throughout its lifecycle. Automation offers a continuous feedback loop of real-time data insights, validation. and root cause identification to reduce mean-time-to-repair (MTTR).
Jazz would now be able to run a network that is considerably more effective, reliable, and adaptable thanks to this strategy. Deploying new service features will facilitate improving user experience for network workers and clients. A spine-and-leaf architecture constructed with Juniper Networks’ QFX Series Switches and fully integrated with the Juniper Apstra System is a part of the new data center infrastructure.
Jazz already installed Juniper MX Series Universal Routing Platforms for its metro and internet gateway infrastructure’s 400G-ready connectivity. Jazz is able to manage and administer a consistent networking estate because to the new QFXs’ use of the same Junos OS operating system.
“The power of automation, bound within a single operational framework thanks to intent-based networking, enables Jazz to address the relevant operational questions, find the right answers quickly and make the best decisions,” said Mike Bushong, Vice President, Cloud Ready Data Center at Juniper Networks. “This means its network becomes a strategic business tool, leveraging data to deliver robust deployment and operational efficiencies and eliminates traditional network constraints that force choices between speed and reliability. Based on data from other Juniper customers, the result will be dramatic savings on downstream costs and tremendous returns on networking investments.”